Monday, September 5, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru Review



Now with even more frolic and fun from the world’s most irresistible Minions, fans get a chance to learn the comedy-filled origin story of how Gru and the Minions became the world’s most villainous team! Jam-packed with exclusive bonus content, this Collector’s Edition includes two all-new mini movies, hilarious outtakes, a how-to draw (& animate) lesson with co-director Brad Ableson and tons of activities the whole family can enjoy.
Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. 

With Gru on the run, the Minions attempt to learn martial arts to help save him, and Gru discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends. 

Our Review:

We loved watching the Minions movie in 4K UHD. It was fun seeing Gru as a child and how he got his start being a Villain. Gru wants to join his favorite supervillain group called the Vicious 6. When he gets an interview with them, they tell him that he is just a child, and they didn't want him on their team. Gru decides to steal from them to prove he can be a bad guy. 

After Gru gets kidnapped, the Minions set out to rescue their mini boss. There are so many funny things that happen as they are trying to get to San Francisco, where Gru is being kept. The Minions don't have enough money to buy a plane ticket, so they dress up like pilots and fly the plane going to San Francisco. Each one of the Minions have a different personality that makes this movie so fun to watch. There is never a dull moment. We loved it when the Minions wouldn't get their way, they would give someone puppy dog eyes and then people would give in to them every time. We know you will love this movie as much as our family does!

There are also some cool bonus features like Minion Martial Arts and the Outtakes were really good. This includes 2 Mini-Movies that you don't want to miss. They are just as funny as The Rise of Gru. 
  • POST MODERN MINIONS (MINI MOVIE) – Experience one Minion’s rise and fall as an artistic genius when he sneaks into a 1970’s post-modern art gallery with a fellow Minion and unintentionally creates an explosive new art form that is declared by a snooty art critic as the greatest art he’s ever seen. When the critic moves onto the next new artist, our Minion tries everything to get back in the spotlight, which accidentally leads to his next unexpected career. 
  • MINIONS AND MONSTERS (MINI MOVIE) – Follow a newbie Minion as he joins three more experienced Minions in playing a 1970’s fantasy role-playing game. After struggling to gain the skills needed to master the game, the newbie unexpectedly rises to the occasion and saves the day, earning him the magical crown and the appreciation of his buddies.
    • GRU
    • BIKER
  • GRU-VY ANIMATION - Join Steve Carell and the directors as they take us through the animation process. From Concept Art, through Storyboards and on to the Final Film, with every Gru-vy step in between explained in fun and fascinating detail.
  • THE '70S - FASHION, FOOD & FUNK - A behind the scenes look at the 1970’s through the lens of MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU.  From fashion to music, cultural phenomenon and back – the cast and filmmakers are bringing the 1970’s to a whole new generation.
  • MINION MARTIAL ARTS - In this 1970s inspired martial arts movie throwback, we hear from the film’s directors about their inspiration, how they created authenticity in animation, the role the many martial artists in the cast played to bring it to life and how you teach a Minion to fight.
  • HOW TO DRAW (& ANIMATE) WITH BRAD ABLESON - Co-director Brad Ableson shows us how to draw all of our favorite characters.
    • MINION
  • LAIR FLAIR: MAKE YOUR OWN MINION HIDEOUT - The Minions aren’t the only ones who can build a secret lair — now you can, too! (And yours doesn’t have to be built under Gru’s bed.)
    • THE LAIR
    • JET PACK
  • SUPER STYLE SHOP - The Minion uniform of overalls and goggles is timeless. Simple yet functional. But sometimes Minions have a casual day out and can abandon their work attire for something more fashionable. Here’s how can create fresh new fashion for YOUR Minions!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Hadaki Review...

*This is a sponsored post written by me on
behalf of Hadaki. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Thanks to Hadaki I am super excited to tell you about some of their products!

I absolutely love my new Essential Wristlet...

It is so classy and perfect for casual or dressy! I love that it is made out of high-quality leather. 

The pretty tassel is so elegant looking and the zippered compartment inside is also fabulous. 

It has a wristlet loop that makes it easy to carry...

When I was waiting for my appointment at the spa the receptionist asked me where she could get one from. 

I think it would also make a wonderful gift. A girl can never have too many bags or shoes in my opinion. :)

Next, check out my new Plane Hopping Roller...

The stunning tango red color is so beautiful! I think the straps and zipper compartments are awesome. 

This fits everything I needed for my business trip. The large front pockets are great as well.

After I put everything in it, I was off and rolling.

The wheels are so nice and worked great even when I rolled over bumpy areas. 

It also has top and side grab handles to make it easy to load and unload from vehicles and storage compartments.

Since I travel often, I like that the exterior and interior is water repellent and easy to clean.

I love my new bag and plan on ordering more soon.

Make sure and go check out all the other fabulous items they offer as well. I know you'll love them as much as I do.

Thank you so much Hadaki for the amazing products!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

WOW Review and Giveaway...


*This is a sponsored post written by me on
behalf of WOW. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Thanks to WOW I am super excited to tell you about some of their products!

Our granddaughters wanted us to get everything set up and try them all out right away! :)

The WOW fast inflation universal pump is awesome for blowing everything up...

It has inflation and deflation hook ups which is exactly what we needed for all of our new fun water toys.

After we got everything set up it was time to party!

The slide and splash pad are so fun...

The splash pad is so cute, really durable and extra-thick.

The built-in sprinkler system is adjustable. The kids think it is super cool having a waterpark in our backyard. 

We think it is awesome that it's nice and large inside. 

These are perfect, and we are having a blast with them! 

The kids are also having so much fun with the Flash vs Superman Lawn Slide...

The sleds are high quality and perfect for different ages. 

Now get ready... get set... go! It is race time at our house!

The kids were so excited to take turns racing each other.

The built-in zig zag spray pattern runs the length of the slide for awesome water coverage.

It comes with stakes that hold it in place so it doesn't move when you are having a race.

The extra high sidewall helps keep the sliders on the slide, and the water in. Make sure and go check out all the other fabulous items they offer as well.

Thank you very much WOW for the amazing products!
Now here's the really exciting part!
I get to give a really lucky winner a WOW 25' Mega Slide with Splash Pool and 2 Mega Sleds!
*Giveaway ended congrats to Alan S.*
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Monday, August 8, 2022

Kalencom Potette Plus Giveaway...

*This is a sponsored post written by me on
behalf of Kalencom. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Thanks to Kalencom I am super excited to tell you about some of their products!

We love their Pottett 2-in-1 Value Pack...

Since we travel often this is the perfect portable potty solution. The Pottett 2-in-1 easily converts to a folding potty trainer seat.

It's cool how light and compact it is for on the go. 

It is great for ages 15 months and up to 50lbs when used as a traveling potty. We think it is fantastic that the legs lock into place when opened.

The collapsible, reusable liner is great to use at home as a regular potty as well...

I love that it is easy to wash out and ready to use again.

It also comes with a travel bag to store it in. When going on long road trips and there isn't a restroom for many miles, this potty is going to be a lifesaver!

The super absorbent, leak-proof disposable liners are such a brilliant idea!

Our family really loves their Potty Training Flash Cards...

Baby Sign is a great way to help your child communicate and express their needs.

This is such a fun way to help teach toddlers how to potty train through pictures.

The 9 educational cards are helping us support potty training using baby sign. Make sure and go check out all the other fabulous items they offer as well.

Thank you Kalencom for the amazing products!
Now here's the really exciting part!
I get to give a lucky winner a 2-in-1 Potette Plus Value Pack and some Potty Training Flash cards! :)

*Giveaway ended congrats Kinsley W.*
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Monday, August 1, 2022

What Are the Best Life Insurance Companies for Young Adults?

If you are a young adult looking for a term life insurance quote for the first time, then keep reading to discover which companies offer the best rates.

A very commonly misconception among Gen Z and young Millennials is that life insurance is only for when you’re older. In fact, it is very beneficial to explore life insurance options while you're young. Not only do young people need life insurance if they have any outstanding debts, it is also the time in your life where you can secure the lowest monthly premium.

If you are searching for an affordable term life insurance quote, then you probably are wondering which providers offer the best prices for the coverage you need to protect your loved ones.

Overall, the process of finding the right insurance company and the right plan for you can get overwhelming since there are so many different companies and policy options. That’s why we’re taking a look at the best life insurance companies for young adults! Let’s find out which companies provide the best coverage at the best price for young people.

1. Fabric
Fabric provides some of the best term life insurance quotes with added benefits perfect for young adults.

Fabric provides young people with a comprehensive financial management application. Image courtesy of Investopedia.
The first insurance provider we’ll be discussing is Fabric.

Fabric is a newer insurance company that caters to young adults who are starting to make their first major financial decisions. Whether you are paying off student loans, planning a wedding, or preparing to have a child, Fabric provides young people with low-cost term life insurance quotes. Fabric also has some additional policy benefits that edge out competitors, for example Fabric allows term life policy holders to convert their policy into whole life insurance without any additional underwriting.

Their policies also allow holders to access their money in the case of a terminal illness diagnosis. Fabric is even able to provide coverage without a medical exam for qualified individuals.

Beyond the benefits of the policies, Fabric also offers an easy-to-use application to help young people plan their finances for the future. Using the Fabric app, users can access their policy, upload a will, designate beneficiaries, and access other tools to help plan for the future—like tools to help you build a savings account. For all of these reasons—plus the fact that there are no hidden fees and a straightforward cancellation policy—Fabric is a top choice for finding a term life insurance quote.

2. Nationwide
Nationwide is a good option for young people who want a diversity of choices for their life insurance policy.

Nationwide is a recognizable and trusted provider. Image courtesy of Investopedia. Everyone has heard of the name Nationwide in reference to insurance.

Nationwide provides several different types of insurance beyond life insurance and is a trusted name in the industry. And there is a good reason for this—because Nationwide is such a large company, they are able to provide more policy options than many of their competitors.

Beyond term life insurance they offer whole life insurance, universal life insurance, indexed life insurance, and variable universal life insurance. They also have several riders that can be useful for young people including chronic illness, terminal illness, and critical illness which are available at no upfront cost.

If you are a young person searching for the lowest possible price, you may want to look elsewhere for term life insurance. Compared to other insurance companies, Nationwide fell middle of the pack when it came to the cost of monthly premiums. But, if you are looking for an insurance company that will give you the most options, Nationwide might be the way to go.

3. Haven Life
Searching for a fast and easy way to get term life insurance? Haven Life could be the answer.

Save money by undergoing a medical exam. Image courtesy of Investopedia. Because of the cost, most young people shopping for insurance are likely to opt for the less expensive option—which is term life insurance.

Haven Life—which only offers term life insurance policies—is an excellent option in this case. Haven Life is unique in that it makes the process of securing a policy as fast and easy as possible. If you apply for a policy online for Haven life, you can get a decision that same day. To further streamline the process, Haven Life accepts credit card payments and does not require a medical exam to provide coverage.

Additionally, for anyone who has questions about Haven Life’s policies, there is an instant chat feature where representatives will answer your questions in real time.

If you are interested in taking a medical exam to get coverage—which many are, considering you can get a lower monthly premium when you’re young and healthy—Haven Life also offers traditional term life insurance plans. Though these plans won’t be approved immediately, they often help young people save money on their monthly payments. 

4. Banner
Inexpensive coverage with terms up to 40 years makes Banner an excellent choice for young people.

Convert your policy until the age of 70 with Banner Life. Image courtesy of Banner is another great option for young people looking to secure coverage on a budget.

A term life insurance policy with Banner ended up being on one of the lowest cost options we examined. Another great perk of using Banner for life insurance is that terms are available for up to 40 years, which is usually the upper limit for life insurance terms. They also offer convertible policies that you can convert up until the age of 70.

Just like a few of the other providers we’ve discussed Banner also offers no-medical exam coverage for those who qualify. Overall, the main draw of banner is the low price for term life insurance. This is definitely one of the better options when it comes to getting the coverage you need without breaking the bank. Plus, the option to convert to whole life until 70 is a pretty enticing added benefit.

5. Protective
Protective provides low-cost coverage with a good selection of policy options and riders.

Protective offers a diverse set of policy options. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Much like Banner, Protective life insurance offers cost-effective life insurance policies that are well suited for young people.

In fact, the two companies boast similar features including 40-year term lengths and same-day coverage for no-medical exam applicants.

The difference between Protective and Banner is that Protective offers more options in the form of policy types and riders. Protective offers term, whole, universal, indexed, and variable life insurance policies.

And there you have it! The best life insurance companies for young adults. Remember, the only way to ensure that you are getting the right coverage at the right price is by shopping around and comparing prices from different providers. It is also important to remember that the best time to secure a low rate is while you’re young—so don’t put off getting life insurance coverage!